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Princeton Jct./West Windsor, New Jersey, United States
I am the wife of a wonderful husband and the mom of 3 super adult kids. I happily taught preschool for 25 years and now spend much of my time indulging in my "Quilty Pleasures."

Monday, January 25, 2016

Make-A-List Monday January/February

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, 
Let it Snow!

Our backyard in this winter wonderland.  
So Pretty!



 My wonderful husband shoveling lots and lots of snow!



Our little pond fisher-boy needs to be rescued.



January
(in review)

1.  Spend quality time with my special grandsons 
Logan-in-the-Box


 Logan catching butterflies



 We love to play "I Spy with my Little Eye" at the library with all the DVD boxes.



 Logan making friends



 Ryder going rollerblading in the warm house



 The boys patiently waiting for music class to begin




 Anything can be an instrument - even cake pans



 Down Brody.  This is my dinner.  Don't be a BOOGLE!



 Ryder loves the bunny that Ricky helped him win.



 Logan feeling "under-the-weather"



Feeling MUCH better!


 Hi everybody!  Ryder and Logan love playing at Gymboree



 Quite a masterpiece, Ryder!



 Oh my...Look at all that SNOW!



 Such a beautiful smile!



 Logan is not sure if he likes this stuff called snow



 Ryder helping with the shoveling



 "What is all this white stuff, Daddy?"



 Shoveling is hard work!



 A job well done!



 Snow ice cream




We like playing with snow inside the warm house.


2.  Piece, quilt, bind and label at least one "Quilts for Kids" quilt.  Attend the Quilts for Kids workshop at Pennington Quilt Works


Our QFK quilting group made over 30 quilts this month.  I made two of the quilts in these piles.


3.  Attend Saturday Sampler at PQW.

This was the first session for the new Saturday Sampler at PQW.  These were the smaller versions of the four quilt color ways this year.  I was undecided at first if I would even participate this year but when I saw the samples I fell in love with this quilt:

It is made with Kaffe Fassett fabric.  I especially loved the background fabric.  I am very excited to see the larger version using this fabric line.  



This is my first 10" block.  I really like it.  I have never used Kaffe fabric before although I have admired it for years.


4.  Celebrate my DMIL's 80th birthday.

We started the day by attending Worship at my DMIL's church.

Then we had lunch at a local restaurant. 
 DMIL's choice - FRIENDLY'S!






5.  Make Valentine's Day pillowcases for my little guys.





6.  Complete Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt Allietare




7.  Make Christmas Stockings for Kyle and Heather for Christmas 2016




8.  Decide on the 2016 Block of the Month projects I will do.

I found SOOOO many BOM projects that I would like to do this year.  So many that I couldn't choose just a few.  I've decided to print the directions for a variety of projects, but not start any right now.  

No progress on any of the following projects:

9.  Spend some time this month prepping scrap fabrics to add to my Quiltville Scrap User's System

10.  December block for Calypso Kaleidoscope by Quilt Addicts Anonymous

11.  Arcadia Avenue Quilt Along sponsored by Sassafras Lane Designs

12.  October, November and December blocks for the
Quilt Doodle Designs 2013 Block of the Month

13.  Julie Herman's Toes in the Sand quilt

14.  De-Bone some men's cotton shirts into usable quilting fabric 

15.  PQW 2013-14 Saturday Sampler - Cutting Corners

16.  Lucky Stars

17.  Grandmother's Fan

18.  Just Takes 2

19.  Quilt Square Quilt Along

20.  Crumb Quilt

21.  Zippy Strippy Bags

22.  PQW 2014-15 Saturday Sampler  

23.  A Quilt for Chase

24.  Work on the following
 BRODY/RYDER/LOGAN Projects:

Civil War Tribute
Radio Way - Basic Gray
Serene Strips - Summer 
Serene Strips - Fall

The lack of progress on these projects is the reason I have decided to not start any new BOM's.



I wanted to share this picture because I like it...
No other reason :)



February

1.  Spend quality time with my special grandsons 

2.  Piece, quilt, bind and label at least one "Quilts for Kids" quilt.  Attend the Quilts for Kids workshop at Pennington Quilt Works

3.  Attend Saturday Sampler at PQW.

4.  Celebrate my DH's Half Birthday & Valentine's Day.

5.  Go out to dinner with some Dear Friends.

6.  Attend my son's Super Bowl party.

7.  Make St. Patrick's Day pillowcases for
 Ryder & Logan

8.  Spend some time this month prepping scrap fabrics to add to my Quiltville Scrap User's System

9.  December block for Calypso Kaleidoscope by Quilt Addicts Anonymous

10.  Arcadia Avenue Quilt Along sponsored by Sassafras Lane Designs

11.  October, November and December blocks for the
Quilt Doodle Designs 2013 Block of the Month

12.  Julie Herman's Toes in the Sand quilt

13.  De-Bone some men's cotton shirts into usable quilting fabric 

14.  PQW 2013-14 Saturday Sampler - Cutting Corners

15.  Lucky Stars

16.  Grandmother's Fan

17.  Just Takes 2

18.  Quilt Square Quilt Along

19.  Crumb Quilt

20.  Zippy Strippy Bags

21.  PQW 2014-15 Saturday Sampler  

22.  A Quilt for Chase

23.  Work on the following 
BRODY/RYDER/LOGAN Projects:

Civil War Tribute
Radio Way - Basic Gray
Serene Strips - Summer 
Serene Strips - Fall

Until Next Time.....Happy Stitching!!!

Sharyn

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Show & Tell Tuesday (Baker's Dozen & Hazel Ilene)

Show & Tell Tuesday


Baker's Dozen

Charlotte Humphrey designed this quilt in 2004 and distributed the pattern through Painted Pony 'n Quilts in 
La Porte, TX.  It was offered as a Block of the Month at 
The Village Quilter in Mt. Holly, NJ.  




I made my Baker's Dozen quilt in all Batik fabric.




I completed this quilt in 2012 and it measures
77" X 77".


Hazel Ilene

On September 19, 1936, Hazel Ilene Hyde was born.  She was the first child of 
Lavern and Mildred (Rector) Hyde.  On Christmas Eve, in 1950, Hazel received a little red 5-year diary which, for the next few years, she faithfully wrote in every day.

Shelly Pagliai of Prairie Moon Quilts is the daughter of 
Hazel Ilene.  She transcribed Hazel's diary on her blog
The Life of Hazel Ilene in 2010.  As I read this transcription,
 I was offered a peek into the life of a 1950's rural farm girl as she wends her way through high school toward graduation and married life.  

Each day's diary entry was followed by instructions for making quilt blocks, one step a day for 365 days.  I followed this quilt-along and at the end of the year I had a completed quilt top.



My Hazel Ilene quilt was completed in 2011 and it measures 67" X 82"

Until Next Time.....Happy Stitching!!!

Sharyn

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Show & Tell Tuesday (Knick Knack Paddy Whack & Rabbit Hill Farm)

Show & Tell Tuesday

The two quilts I will share today were both made with 1930's reproduction fabric.


Knick Knack Paddy Whack

This quilt began with just a few random blocks constructed with some of my 1930's fabric stash.  As I continued to make blocks I had to come up with a way to set these blocks to make a quilt.  Before I knew it I had twenty blocks which I decided to set on point.  




Knick Knack Paddy Whack was completed in 2012 and it measures 58" X 70".



Rabbit Hill Farm

Rabbit Hill Farm was originally a Block of the Month from Cabbage Rose Quilting and Fabrics in Fort Worth, TX.  It was offered in both vintage 1930's or 1800's Reproduction fabrics.


I completed Rabbit Hill Farm in 2012 and it measures  
61" X 77".


Until Next Time.....Happy Stitching!!!

Sharyn

Monday, January 4, 2016

Make-A-List Monday December/January

Happy New Year!



December
(in review)

1.  Spend quality time with my special grandsons 

Just a few pictures of my little guys :)












2.  Piece, quilt, bind and label at least one "Quilts for Kids" quilt.  Attend the Quilts for Kids workshop at Pennington Quilt Works

I finished only one QFK quilt during the month of December.




3.  Go out to lunch with some of my QFK friends

We had a wonderful lunch at a little Italian restaurant in Pennington.




4.  Celebrate Ryder's Half Birthday (3 1/2)

We went to Harold's New York Deli in Edison. 
 Ryder ordered his usual...a gigantic pancake!





5.  Make more Christmas cookies



My final Christmas Cookie tally was 15 dozen!



6.  Celebrate Christmas with my Dear Family







7.  Work on the next clues for Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt Allietare





8.  Begin working Christmas Stockings for Kyle and Heather

No progress...but I have 11 months to finish this so there is no rush.


9.  Aiming for Accuracy II by Mishka's Playground: Lessons 15, 16, 17 and 18


Quilt top complete!


No progress on the following blue highlighted projects:

10.  December block for Calypso Kaleidoscope by Quilt Addicts Anonymous

11.  Arcadia Avenue Quilt Along sponsored by Sassafras Lane Designs


12.  October, November and December blocks for the

Quilt Doodle Designs 2013 Block of the Month

13.  Julie Herman's Toes in the Sand quilt

14.  De-Bone some men's cotton shirts into usable quilting fabric 

15.  PQW 2013-14 Saturday Sampler - Cutting Corners

16.  Lucky Stars

17.  Grandmother's Fan

18.  Just Takes 2

19.  Quilt Square Quilt Along

20.  Crumb Quilt

21.  Zippy Strippy Bags

22.  PQW 2014-15 Saturday Sampler  

23.  A Quilt for Chase

24.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Civil War Tribute
Radio Way - Basic Gray
Serene Strips - Summer 
Serene Strips - Fall

Just a little progress on each project.  No completions.



January

1.  Spend quality time with my special grandsons 

2.  Piece, quilt, bind and label at least one "Quilts for Kids" quilt.  Attend the Quilts for Kids workshop at Pennington Quilt Works

3.  Attend Saturday Sampler at PQW.

4.  Celebrate my DMIL's 80th birthday.

5.  Make Valentine's Day pillowcases for my little guys.

6.  Complete Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt Allietare

7.  Make Christmas Stockings for Kyle and Heather for Christmas 2016

8.  Decide on the 2016 Block of the Month projects I will do.

9.  Spend some time this month prepping scrap fabrics to add to my Quiltville Scrap User's System

10.  December block for Calypso Kaleidoscope by Quilt Addicts Anonymous

11.  Arcadia Avenue Quilt Along sponsored by Sassafras Lane Designs

12.  October, November and December blocks for the
Quilt Doodle Designs 2013 Block of the Month

13.  Julie Herman's Toes in the Sand quilt

14.  De-Bone some men's cotton shirts into usable quilting fabric 

15.  PQW 2013-14 Saturday Sampler - Cutting Corners

16.  Lucky Stars

17.  Grandmother's Fan

18.  Just Takes 2

19.  Quilt Square Quilt Along

20.  Crumb Quilt

21.  Zippy Strippy Bags

22.  PQW 2014-15 Saturday Sampler  

23.  A Quilt for Chase

24.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Civil War Tribute
Radio Way - Basic Gray
Serene Strips - Summer 
Serene Strips - Fall

Until Next Time.....Happy Stitching!!!

Sharyn